Fat as Stem Cell Source

 

 

 ASCs
 (adipose-derived stem cells)

 
 
 

Stem Cell Basics

 

The discovery of stem cells was one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. Adult stem cells are

undifferentiated cells found among differentiated cells in tissues or organs. They are literally the building blocks

for all cells and tissues in the body and possess two key and unique characteristics:


 

 

 

Self-Renewal      allowing them to replicate and expand their population

 

Differentiation   the ability to grow into different types of functioning cells

 

 

The primary roles of adult stem cells in a living organism are to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are found.

Research on adult stem cells began about 50 years ago and it was soon discovered that there are two main types:


 

 

 

 

Hematopoetic Stem Cells (HSCs), forming all blood cells

 

 

and

 

 

Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), able to differentiate into multiple cell types such as bone, fat, muscle and cartilage

          HSCs                       MSCs  

 


           
       
          

“ The cryopreservation of stem cells from fat represents a new dimension
for all cosmetic surgery patients  - which I’m pleased to recommend”


                                                                         Prof Marco Gasparotti, Rome